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After an untimely end to the 2019/20 season , Horley Town FC kickstarted the new season with a tough FA Cup away trip to Eastbourne United. 

Following a good result against Chipstead in the final pre season friendly confidence in the squad was high. However the opening clear cut chance fell to Eastbourne who should have gone 1-0 up after poor defending from a free kick left 3 Eastbourne players with a clear shot of goal. Fortunately for Horley, Eastbourne failed to make the most of the opportunity and this would prove to be their only real chance to test George Hyde throughout the game following scintillating defensive displays from Ryan Brackpool, Bradley Peter's and Chevan Xavier.

This appeared to act as an early wake up call with Horley steadily growing into the game and becoming the more dominant side. However despite good build up play Horley lacked the composure in the final third to make the most of some excellent build up play.

The Second Half started as the first ended with Horley dominating possession but failing to provide the clinical finish. This was until the... minute when Richard Pingling disposssed an Eastbourne defender near to the right hand corner. A perfectly timed through ball was laid into the oncoming path James Mcellliot, whose low driven cross found Adam Grant who provided a delicate flick into the bottom corner. 

Eastbourne who had adopted a very direct and physical approach from the start changed formation in an attempt to unsettle the Horley defence but the tireless work rate of the Horley midfield scuppered any prospect of a comeback. 

Further chances on the counter attack would fall to Horley. In particular Russell Harvey whom after going one on one with the Eastbourne keeper attempted to channel his inner Lionel Messi and provide a deft left foot chip over the keeper. I imagine this will be the last time this is attempted as the ball sailed past the right post. 

The game ultimately ended 1-0 to Horley who now face Kingstonian in the next round. 

Prior to that Horley have a home game on Saturday ... against last season's in form side Newhaven FC. This promises to be a tasty affair. 

MOTM Ryan Brackpool



Horley Town goal-scorer Kerran Boylan


GLYNN STEPHENS admits Horley Town are starting to dream of Wembley after reaching the last 32 of the FA Vase for the first time in their history.

The Clarets beat Baffins Milton Rovers 4-1 on Saturday, thanks to an own goal and then strikes from Kerran Boylan, Leyton Regan and Ryan Smith.

Portsmouth-based club Rovers finished the game with nine men having had two players sent off in a five-minute second half spell, but Horley boss Stephens insists it wasn’t a bad tempered game.

“They did finish with nine men but even with it at 2-1 and 11 versus 11, we were still very much the better side,” he said. “But I can’t suggest for one minute that them losing two players didn’t help us. However, I think even if they had stayed with 11 men we would have won the game.

“They had a little bit of a melt down in a five-minute spell. For the first dismissal, the guy had already been booked and then went in for a tackle with one of our players, went to ground and tried to pull our players back with his hands. It was a rugby-style tackle.

"Then within five minutes one of their players took exception to a tackle and kicked out. It was right in front of the linesman and so he went as well.

“They had five minutes in which they lost the plot and it did help us but we were in control anyway.”

Rovers had former Pompey, Preston North End and Queens Park Rangers striker Patrick Agyemang among their line up.

“He was still very good but he’s lost his legs a little bit so he wasn’t quite as mobile but if you get the ball up to him and then you couldn’t get it off him,” Stephens said.

“He is very strong and obviously very, very gifted. He was a major player for them but we handled him well. It was a good experience for our players.”

Horley Town will face Chichester City at the New Defence on Saturday, January 6 in the fourth round proper of the competition.

And with a spot in the last 16 at stake, Stephens is beginning to dream of the final, which would be held at the national stadium.

“It is a great achievement for the club and I’m really pleased for everyone involved. It’s getting exciting now. We are getting closer but realistically it’s still a long way off.

“Chichester are doing well in their league but it’s very tight so I think it will be very evenly matched sides and about who does better on the day.

“To get into the last 16 would be an amazing achievement. It’s getting really exciting now.

“At the start you just enjoy the ride but then all of a sudden reality hits you and there’s only 32 teams left in it and you’re one of them.

“The belief level has gone up now and where it was once a dream, they are now looking at it and thinking that three more wins will put them on the doorstep of Wembley.

“All the while we are in it, we will keep dreaming.”

Clarets’ coach Weller is sent off as Horley hit problems on the road

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Westfield 2 Horley Town 0

COACH Chris Weller was sent off as high-flying Horley Town crashed at revived Westfield in the Combined Counties League Premier Division at Woking Park on Tuesday.

Weller was ordered from the visitors' dug out by referee Nicholas Brown after 84 minutes as tempers boiled over.

The Clarets claimed that they were on the wrong end of too many decisions and cautions on a frustrating night for Anthony Jupp's side. Read more: Clarets’ coach Weller is sent off as Horley hit problems on the road

Horley win deserved draw against likely league champions

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Hartley Wintney 2 Horley Town 2

TWO Premier League clubs and one Championship promotion chasers watching Horley Town would have been about as unthinkable not so long ago as unfashionable Leicester City winning the top flight title.

But times are a changing in football and Clarets’ manager Anthony Jupp was an understandably proud man after Saturday’s remarkable revival to salvage a late draw at 10 men champions elect Hartley Wintney at The Memorial Ground, despite fielding such a young visiting side and naming only three substitutes who were all used effectively.

Read more: Horley win deserved draw against likely league champions

Horley struggle with patched up squad

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Colliers Wood United 2 Horley Town 0

IF aspiring heavyweights Horley Town really do have ambitions to become future champions they must climb back off the canvas after being floored by two knockout punches during this dismal defeat at Wibbandune Sports Ground on Saturday.Man of the Match George Hyde

Their lack of squad strength was exposed ruthlessly, with manager Anthony Jupp and first team coach Matt Chapman having to name themselves as unused substitutes to complete a patched up travelling party which looked distinctly that – patched up.

Read more: Horley struggle with patched up squad

Nadesan hits 50 - and this isn't cricket!

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Horley Town 3 Ashford Town (Middlesex) 2

LIKE a classy cricketer lifting his bat aloft to celebrate his half-century, Ashley Nadesan bagged another brilliant brace to topple second-placed Ashford Town (Middlesex) in a pulsating clash at The New Defence on Saturday.

Appropriately, Nadesan, watched by Brighton & Hove Albion and Colchester United, among his ever growing list of professional clubs’ admirers, reached 50 goals this season as classy Clarets seriously dented their high-flying visitors’ title and promotion ambitions following a frantic and controversial finish.

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Town escape with 3 points after poor display

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Horley Town 3 AFC Hayes 1

HONESTY is the best policy they say and Horley Town earned top marks for that virtue at a muddy The New Defence on Saturday.

Despite being outplayed by 13th-placed 10-man visitors AFC Hayes, who had beaten Town in their first meeting earlier this season, The Clarets conjured up an unlikely victory from the jaws of a seemingly certain impending shock defeat.

The visitors were reduced after 74 minutes when midfielder James Charles was sent off by referee Phil Jones for violent conduct, having floored right-back Scott Robson who needed treatment before continuing.

Read more: Town escape with 3 points after poor display
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